Couples can enjoy a romantic timeshare holiday in marvellous Melbourne, indulging in these soothing activities and attractions during their stay.
Charming cobblestoned laneways with the aroma of quality coffee wafting down them, romantic walkways along the Yarra River, some of the best vineyards in the country within an hour’s drive away. What more could a couple want during a relaxing escape?
Indulge in all of these blissful activities during your romantic getaway in marvellous Melbourne. Here’s a helpful itinerary on the top romantic things to do in the Victorian capital and its surrounds.
Get into the soothing, rejuvenating mood as soon as you two check into your accommodation at Wyndham Hotel Melbourne. Enjoy a sleep-in at your cosy hotel, then literally stop to smell the roses at the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG). Not only will you be you two surrounded by mesmerising natural beauty spanning more than 38 hectares with over 10,000 different species of plants, there are also incredible activities and tours to enjoy.
Aim to reach the RBG by 11 a.m. so you can attend High Tea at The Terrace, where you can toast champagne and enjoy delicious platters of food as you overlook the colourful gardens and lake.
Once high tea concludes at 12.30 p.m., hop onto a punt and be punted along a 30-minute cruise of Ornamental Lake – we dare you to beat the urge to belt out your best opera singer impersonation! Punting tours run daily, weather permitting, between 10 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.
After your tour, cross the road to the National Gallery of Victoria and enjoy several hours perusing the artworks. Be sure to see the world’s largest stained glass ceiling rooftop here. Enjoy dinner at a riverside alfresco restaurant, watching the sun set over the city. Try your luck at Crown Casino, and regardless of your wins or losses, return to the heated rooftop pool in your hotel for a pre-bedtime swim. You’ll see all the city lights shine like fireflies in the sky from the pool. Tres romantic!
Within an hour’s drive of Melbourne is the picturesque Mornington Peninsula, home to undulating green hills lined with grape vines and pristine sandy shores. Drive over here after breakfast in your hotel, heading straight to Peninsula Hot Springs for the ultimate spa experience in natural, thermal mineral spring pools.
Highlights here include an underground sauna, Turkish steam bath (Hamam), cave pool and a stunning hilltop pool built into the cliff that dishes out panoramic views over the peninsula. For maximum stress-release, partake in the reflexology walk. You are provided with fluffy bathrobes as you wade through ankle-deep stream pools, lit with spotlights. This meander through lush, green native bushes – it’s a soothing sensation sure to lull you into a happy place as you walk hand in hand.
Vino lovers, rejoice! Toast to your post-spa bliss at any one of the world-class vineyards in the area. There are over 50 cellar doors in Mornington Peninsula for you to try the fruity flavours of local wines – the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are especially good from this region. Tuck into some scrumptious cuisine at lunchtime to complement your wine tasting.
After lunch, you both can stop by the beaches along the coastline to get sand between your toes and take in the spectacular sights of the sea. Depending on how late you wish to drive back to Melbourne, you can book a horseback tour of the beaches at sunset – few things in life are more romantic than riding down Mornington Peninsula beaches on a horse with the love of your life beside you. If you’d like to avoid a twilight or evening drive back, simply return sooner after soaking in the rays at the beach.
Enjoy a more chilled dinner date after your luxurious day by dining at Melbourne’s renowned food trucks. Popular tourism website Visit Melbourne recommends Gumbo Kitchen for New-Orleans-style treats, the White Guy Cooks Thai for Asian delicacies and Soul Kitchen Woodfired Pizza Truck for mouthwatering pizzas at St Kilda Road.
Once you’re full, simply head back to the conveniently located Wyndham Hotel Melbourne right in the city centre to catch some zzz’s before heading back home! You’ll be blowing Melbourne a kiss goodbye, after no doubt falling in love with the city.